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Cooperation between back-court and line players – A technical/tactical problem in women’s youth handball
Today, cooperation, especially between back-court and line players, is a decisive factor for success in both men’s and women’s handball.
In the youth category, however, the situation is different: In men’s youth handball, the back-court players’ repertoire of passes to the line player is variable and quite well developed, whereas in the matches at the 2018 Women’s Youth (U18) World Championship in Poland, we keep seeing several deficiencies:
From the preliminary round matches, we have chosen some technically/tactically successful cooperative actions for the following basic situations:
For the first time, we used the new IHF Dartfish TV channel, which features all game analyses carried out by different observers (coaches, referees, delegates, media). In the future, we will use this video archive to publish the latest video footage in a public folder in a fairly timely manner. In the below video descriptions you will find a link to each video.
Cooperation between centre back and line player
Korea: Back-handed pass from centre back to line player (KOR-MNE, Preliminary Round)
After switching positions, the left wing acts at left back. She gets one-on-one, while the centre back runs towards the line, receives the ball and plays a ‘blind’ back-handed pass to the line player.
Video link: https://dartfi.sh/W7MGpaJ2s88
Korea: Bounce pass from centre back to line player after transition of right back (KOR-MNE, Preliminary Round)
The right back (number 27) moves to the line. The centre back receives the ball at right back. The line player opens up space for the bounce pass by blocking against the left number three defender.
Video link: https://dartfi.sh/nlgUDeC1Epa
Spain: Pass from centre back to line player after transition (ESP-KOR, Preliminary Round)
The centre back moves to the line and immediately receives a pass from the left back. Although attacked by three Korean defenders, she manages to play a cross pass to the line player!
Video link: https://dartfi.sh/9rUYFXyFkLj
Argentina: Pass from centre back to line player (ARG-JPN, Preliminary Round)
The centre back’s one-against-one action provokes a mistake from Japan’s central defence. She jumps and plays a diagonal pass to the line player.
Video link: https://dartfi.sh/ar6UA6dG938
Norway: Cooperation between centre back and line player (NED-NOR, Preliminary Round)
This scene shows a typical positional attack: the right back makes a dangerous move towards goal and forces the left number three defender act offensively. At the same time, the line player blocks against the left number two defender and opens up space towards the centre. She follows the pass to the centre back and receives the ball in the centre.
Video link: https://dartfi.sh/kjhnDaR0j3k
Chile: Quick cooperation between centre back and line player after fast break (CHI-SWE, Preliminary Round)
From a fast break, the centre back plays a quick pass to the unmarked line player in the centre.
Video link: https://dartfi.sh/2tqleIZdbf5
Cooperation between wing and line players
Netherlands: Pass over the goal area to the line player (NED-NOR, Preliminary Round)
Netherlands’ wing players quite often play sudden diagonal passes to the line player. This is a good option when wing players start their jump from an unfavourable angle.
Video link: https://dartfi.sh/Y4SpArWZlzk
Netherlands: Cooperation between left wing and line player at left back (NED-NOR, Preliminary Round)
The centre back crosses with both the left wing and the left back. The left wing stops her run towards the centre and makes a move towards the wing. At the same time, the line player switches from a block against the right number two defender to a block against the right number three defender, where she receives the pass from the left wing.
Video link: https://dartfi.sh/8N291HprWd